Boundary or alert barking is a ‘normal’ behaviour for dogs – it’s kind of what they do! However, it isn’t appropriate for this to be excessive because that drives everyone to distraction, not just you and your neighbours, but your dogs too. If they are constantly on watch duty, they will have regular spikes of excitement when people pass by; heightened vigilance means regular surges of adrenaline. Without time for this hormone to subside with rest, your dogs aren’t doing their stress levels any favours. So, it’s definitely something to resolve for everyone’s sake. It’s really common for owners to raise their voices at their dogs when they bark and, as you’ve discovered, it really doesn’t help. It just adds to the commotion, confirming to the dogs that they’re doing the right thing in making a lot of noise. The first, and simplest, thing to do is to restrict their access to the front window. Frosted windows, blinds or locating your dogs in another room, can help. The less they get to repeat the barking, the better. Next, you need to change what you do if they bark – as I said, it is normal for a little woof if strangers are approaching, so acknowledge them calmly and then give them something to do. The trickiest bit is teaching them the all-important ‘settle’. To teach your dogs to go to their beds and settle, begin when there are no distractions around. Use treats to get them to their bed and gradually increase the length of time you ask them to settle there. Provide long duration edibles, such as stuffed Kongs, to ensure they really enjoy being in their beds. They will probably appreciate the rest after being on watch duty for all this time!
Kennel cough is highly infectious and is easily spread wherever there are many dogs in one place, such as in kennels or at dog shows.
Kennel cough is spread from minute droplets in the air which are inhaled, or from direct contact. As well as being infectious during the incubation period of around 10 days, the disease can still be spread for anything up to 10 weeks after coughing has ceased.
There is recent evidence to suggest that it can be passed from dog to cat and vice versa.
The symptoms are sneezing (in the early stages), a cough and nasal discharges. In severe cases there may be a loss of appetite.
Kennel cough could be compared to human ‘flu' in that whilst it is very unpleasant, it is rarely fatal. Recovery from symptoms is usually complete in two to three weeks. However, severe cases in puppies, older dogs and giant breeds may lead to pneumonia if the condition is not treated, and could lead to death.
Correct details required by law on your dogs id disc:
Your name and address, post code (advisable) e.g. SMITH Your telephone number(s) 21 BROWNS ROAD DAVENTRY NORTHANTS NN1 2EG
Bloat occurs when something goes wrong during digestion of food. Something causes gases to build up in the stomach so fast that the stomach blows up like a balloon, stretching the organ so much that normal circulation of blood to and from the heart is cutoff. The stretching itself and the lack of blood to the stomach’s cells can cause cell death, or necrosis. What makes it even worse and more immediately serious is when the stomach actually “twists and turns” (known as volvulus) at the top near the esophagus and at the bottom of the stomach at the pyloric valve. Picture a tootsie roll candy that’s got a wrapper twisted at both ends keeping the candy lodged inside the paper. That is exactly what happens to the stomach during bloat with volvulus. Gas is trapped and can’t escape as a burp or the other end as “passing gas.” The gas builds and builds as it becomes trapped within the stomach. The stomach grows so large it cuts off circulation, as mentioned above, and irreversible damage is done to the cells. The dog goes into shock and then cardiac arrest. This can happen within several hours after the start of bloat. That is why if you suspect your dog is experiencing this problem, you must RUSH THE DOG IMMEDIATELY to the vet or animal hospital.
What Causes Bloat?
It is not really known what exactly triggers bloat to occur. Scientists can only make guesses due to the data taken from dogs that have experienced it. When they’ve tried to recreate the bloating conditions in a lab with test dogs, they were always unsuccessful at causing the bloat to occur intentionally.
A few examples of what scientists believe to be contributing factors to the causes of bloat are listed below:
1. Large meals eaten at one time. They recommend serving your dog two smaller meals a day, rather than just one big one.
2. Rigorous exercise done either right before a meal or right after one. You should wait one hour before feeding after exercise and one hour after eating before you let your dog run around.
3. Dry food given that is high in grain, which causes fermentation during digestion which causes gas. Dry food should have meat, meat meal and bone meal listed within the first few ingredients, not grain. In other words, dry food should have more meat than grain in its ingredients. [some texts claim this is not true, but most do agree with it.]
4. If only dry food is given, some people moisten it with water if it is a high-end dog food. However, with lesser quality foods, less meat-based dog food, the ones that are mostly grains, it is better to NOT wet the food, since water mixed with grain will start fermentation, a process that has by-products of gas. But if the food is mostly meat, it's OK, and can actually help with digestion. Mix dry food with canned food if possible.
5. Gulping large amounts of water at one time during meals. Keep water within the dog’s reach at all times, except during meals.
6. Be careful of snacks and biscuits that are high in carbohydrates. Grains are carbohydrates.
7. Avoid dog food high in citric acid used as a preservative and also food that is high in fat.